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UN hails landmark conviction of senior Syrian official

Jan. 13, 2022 13:13 PM EST

KOBLENZ, Germany (AP) — A former Syrian secret police officer was convicted by a German court Thursday of crimes against humanity for overseeing the abuse of detainees at a jail near Damascus a decade ago, a ruling the top United Nations human rights official described as “historic.” ...

For victims, Syria torture trial is 1st step toward justice

Jan. 12, 2022 12:29 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Victims of torture in Syria and human rights activists say they hope the upcoming verdict in a landmark trial will be a first step toward justice for countless Syrians who suffered abuse at the hands of President Bashar Assad’s government in the country’s long-running conflict....

Bahrain names its first ambassador to Syria in over a decade

Dec. 30, 2021 12:46 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Bahrain appointed on Thursday its first ambassador to Syria in more than a decade, the island nation's state news agency reported, the latest sign of a stepped-up outreach to Damascus by Gulf Arab countries. The decree by Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa came...

Syria reports 2nd Israeli attack on vital port in a month

Dec. 27, 2021 23:10 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli missiles fired from the Mediterranean struck the Syrian port of Latakia early Tuesday, igniting a fire in the container terminal, Syrian state media reported, in the second such attack on the vital facility this month. It is also a rare targeting of...

Israeli official says Syria must not have chemical weapons

Dec. 14, 2021 14:21 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's intelligence minister said Tuesday that Syria cannot be allowed to obtain chemical weapons, after a report emerged that Israel targeted the country's chemical weapons facilities. In an interview with Israeli Army Radio, Elazar Stern would not...

As ties warm, Syria to host a 2024 Arab energy conference

Dec. 09, 2021 12:27 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria will host an Arab energy conference in 2024, the country's energy ministry said Thursday, the latest sign that Arab countries are moving to re-engage with the government of Syria's embattled President Bashar Assad. The announcement followed a unanimous...

Syria says Israeli warplanes hit Latakia port containers

Dec. 07, 2021 07:00 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli warplanes fired missiles that struck the port of Latakia early on Tuesday, hitting containers and igniting a huge fire, Syrian state media said. It was a rare attack on the city's port, a vital facility where much of Syria's imports are brought into...

Police kill Palestinian attacker after Jerusalem stabbing

Dec. 04, 2021 13:14 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian after he stabbed and wounded an ultra-Orthodox Jew on Saturday near Damascus Gate just outside Jerusalem's Old City, a tense and crowded area that is often the scene of demonstrations and clashes. A widely...

Syria seizes amphetamine-based drugs headed for Saudi Arabia

Nov. 30, 2021 09:20 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian authorities said Tuesday they seized over 500 kilograms (1,000 pounds) of amphetamine pills known by the brand name Captagon hidden in pasta packages in a van bound for Saudi Arabia. An investigation was underway to determine who was...

Syria hosts first international basketball tourney in years

Nov. 29, 2021 15:39 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria hosted the first international basketball tournament on its soil in at least two decades Monday, bringing an Asia region World Cup qualifying game to a packed stadium in the capital Damascus. The game with Kazakhstan, which Syria lost 81-71,...